Happy New Year!! Welcome 2024!

Happy New Year blog readers!! I have to admit, part of me is clinging onto 2023 and part of me wants to march right ahead into 2024. Most of that has to do with my upcoming cancer treatment.

As 2023 ended, I was told the oral cancer meds had been approved by insurance and they are close to setting up times and dates for the treatment to happen. I found out that news as our day at the waterpark ended and I was walking out to the car.

It’s so funny…I had wished that I could get through Christmas without dealing with cancer and I guess I did…I got through the family fun at the waterpark and the second I got to the car, there was a message on my phone that it was time for me to go back to trying to figure out how to navigate this treatment.

That was on Wednesday of last week when my doctor messaged me. I called the Mayo Clinic Specialty Pharmacy that day to get the medicine delivered to me and I dealt with a rude person on the phone. I asked for a time frame as to when the meds would be delivered. She said she couldn’t give me a date because it was a long process and the meds had to jump through several hoops before it could actually be sent. I asked for a time frame…one week, two weeks, one month?? (A typical question anyone might want to know) and she rudely told me that she could not give a date and then she re-explained all the hoops the meds had to go through. I said so like two weeks? She said “If I was SO worried about it, I could call each day and see where it was in the system”. The conversation went on but by then I could just tell she probably got coal in her stocking for Christmas and there was no use talking to her. She was rude.

It turns out that 18 hours later the pharmacist called and the meds are all set up to come. He was nice, polite and not the slightest bit rude.

Why couldn’t the lady have simply said, “Typically in cases like yours it takes a week or less but with the holidays, that could be delayed”? WOW…wouldn’t that have been kind and so much easier?

Anyway…I had a call with the nurse for my doctor on Friday and things are starting to get into place. Again…no set dates yet but I will likely know by the middle of next week when I’ll start the oral chemo. Taking the oral chemo is the start of treatment that will take about 5 weeks but the side effects linger on way past that….closer to 12 weeks.

I’m guessing that it will start either the 11th or 18th of January but my counting could be off. We’ll see. That would put me in the hospital the weekend of February 10th or the 17th. The protocol might have changed though. We’ll see.

So the part of me that wants it to stay 2023 would love to pretend that I don’t have active cancer and ignore the whole treatment…Then, part of me that wants to “just get it over with and hopefully move on” is wanting 2024 to come, have the treatment, and be done with it.

Realistically I think I mostly want some dates and times so I can start to make plans. I think you’ve all been in similar situations at some point where you want to avoid something but also just want to get it over with…I’m just having a bad case of it. I have always said that through my cancer treatment and my husband’s cancer treatment, having a plan, and then just working the plan, is what I need to feel better about it all. The what ifs, hows, and who’s all get my mind bouncing around a little too much.

The nurse told me that my scheduling plan should happen this week after everyone is back to work from the holiday. I’m so looking forward to that.

I am looking forward to April when all of it should be behind me…at least for a little while. Remember, this is a treatment and isn’t a cure. We’re hoping the treatment can buy me a few years of active life.

I’m sorry this is a little bit of a “Debbie Downer” post but I’m pretty transparent and that’s where I am right now…a little apprehensive. I know once I get dates and times locked into place I’ll be much better. Then I can dive into the planning mode. I do best there…planning and organizing is so much my mode.

I’ll tell you more about it all once I know more.

How are you feeling about the coming new year? Excited? Apprehensive? Have big quilting plans for the year? Expecting a new baby in the family? Leave a comment and let us all know.

41 thoughts on “Happy New Year!! Welcome 2024!”

  1. Happy New Year Jo. Fingers crossed you have a great year. What a horrible lady that you had to deal with – not exactly professional with her attitude to a patient! But at least most people aren’t like that, thankfully.
    I’m trying not to let things get me down, it’s going to be a challenge this year for sure!
    All the best
    Kerry
    xx

  2. Arrowhead Gramma

    Jo, I totally “get” your feelings about having a plan in place. Just know that there are so many of us – your followers that will be praying for you during this time of treatment. Take care.

  3. Cynthia from Nebraska

    Yes, there’s a point with many things, when you just want to get it over with. Glad your treatment was approved! This year there will be a new baby in the family, and there is a family member who needs to find a job and I am seriously considering starting a Bonnie Hunter pattern (thinking of Silk Path)! Hoping you can get into planning mode soon.

  4. Happy New Year and may it turn into a wonderful one for you! I really understand your feelings about not knowing when you can plan and I know I feel the same way. Give me concrete ideas and dates and I’ll deal with it. Your blog is never a downer because your attitude is always positive.
    The rude lady must have been having a really bad day. Perhaps she was angry to be working over the holidays but she should be thankful to have a job!
    You know we will all be sending you as much positive energy as we can! Our prayers are always with you. Hopefully this can all be started quickly so that when spring arrives and it’s time to plant your lovely flowers you’ll feel ready to welcome it!

  5. Best wishes for a happy 2024! I hope to get my sewing room better organized and cleaned! Then I want to work on some UFOs.
    Too bad you had to deal with the rude person. Maybe her office was short-staffed during the holiday weeks and she was doing others jobs too. I know you’re a sweet person to give grace. Like they say, you never know what someone else is going through.

    1. I’m right there with you Sue. Trying to get the purging, cleaning, and organizing done in the sewing room. Hopefully you and I can have a productive 2024 sewing year.

  6. You are in my prayers as you deal with all of your next treatment. I agree with you that knowing what to expect and when makes things so much easier. I hate that you had to deal with a rude person. Just because she is unhappy for some reason does not mean she has to be unkind to you. Hopefully you won’t have to talk to her again!
    God Bless you and your family as you jump this latest hurdle!

    1. I agree Mary. I hate to say it but that lady needs to walk in a patient’s shoes. If I had encountered her I would have talked to her supervisor.

  7. I have cancer too. It is a slow grower so I am in the wait and see time. My husband had surgery on his spine and hopefully Jan 9 he will get the brace off. I have a son with big depression issues. I am hoping that 2024 will be better than 2023. It is all in the God’s hands

    1. Dee, I’m so sorry that you are having all of this to deal with. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  8. Not having any Debbie downer issues with you at all – I so appreciate you being up front with us – especially since we’ll know how to pray for you.
    I’m so sorry that you had a bad experience with that lady – something tells me she is losing it due to an issue she’s having.
    I’ll be in prayer for you that everything falls into place beautifully. In the meantime, hang in there. We’re here for you.
    I also need 2024 to be a better year – for a bunch of reasons – and it seems many of us need a good year too.
    Love and prayers

  9. Jo thanks for sharing what is happening in your life. Glad you got to spend time at the Water Park with the family. It nice that things are moving forward for you and you will soon have a time frame for things. I know it makes it easier to have things planned at home then. You’ll be able to look towards spring and just being outdoors.
    My grandson was at a pharmacy with us and as we were checking out, he asked the clerk if he had a nice Christmas. So out of the blue, he is only eight. The clerk didn’t know what to say. He has the heart of gold.
    I took some fabric pieces left over from a project and sewed it into a small table mat. Just need to make a sandwich and quilt it now. One more UFO moved along. Let’s go 2024! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE,

  10. I understand your apprention. I am dealing with my osteoporosis. During the holidays I was informed I have 3 compressed fractures in my spine. That I need to have taken care of. Besides being shorter, I don’t know what they are going to do yet. Taking the meds, and waiting for the results. The waiting is hard. It never really leaves your mind. I try not to think about by keeping busy. I did decide I am going to quilt as long as I can. Hope to make lots of quilts in 2024. Thinking of you,Jo.

  11. I’m praying for nothing exciting to happen this year! Just let me be…
    I hope they get your treatment done so it can be behind you. You’re in my prayers that all goes well.

  12. You are not at all a Debbie Downer. You share your life on your blog. I’m sorry that lady was rude. So uncalled for. I’m glad the PharmD was excellent.

    Praying you get a schedule all set up by the end of the week so that you can plan the coming 3 months. I know 2 treatment journeys may not be the same and you learned alot of what-to-do the first time so you can be ready for all of those.

    Hugs to you as you commence this treatment plan!

  13. You are anything BUT a “Debbie Downer”, Jo … and we ALL LOVE YOU and are HONORED that you have chosen to include us in your life so that we can pray for you!

    I’m the same way… if i have a plan then ok, at least i kinda know what to expect – even if i dont like it! I get it.

    Honestly, people are just plain RUDE these days… maybe if they would open their hearts to think of how they would feel in someone else’s shoes BEFORE THEY OPEN THEIR MOUTHS – the world might be a better place!

    Praying for you, Jo… you dont have to EVER worry about BEING REAL WITH US cuz we LOVE YOU and WE CARE!

    April in Iowa

  14. is this medication the one you will have to be too radioactive for close contact and having to put the things you work with into isolation before being to access it again ??
    Dont you wonder why the rude empathy lacking people choose a profession that puts them in direct contact with folks who are needing understanding and a bit of TLC the most ????? We were constantly being reminded that this is when folks need our kindness and understanding the most. You have reared at least 2 of these merciful people.

    1. I agree Mary and Brenda. I hate to say it but that lady needs to walk in a patient’s shoes. If I had encountered her I would have talked to her supervisor.

  15. Happy New Year inspite of knowing what you are facing. I used to work at Mayo Clinic and I remember when I was there with my son for an appointment, I also experienced a rude employee. I was going to report her, but I didn’t Anyway there are so many others there who are jewels to offset the rude ones. You continue to be in my prayers so be sure to let us know how I can be more specific in my prayers.

  16. Happy new year Jo! And greetings from Australia I hope this year will be one of great blessing for you, especially with your cancer treatment. That lady you had to deal with certainly was rude, sounds like she could do with a crash course in public relations, especially the bit about how to deal courteously with people regardless of your own personal situation. Something I had to learn when I worked as a nurse/midwife. Anyway, I will be sending a prayer for you as you have your treatment.
    As for my own new year plans, I just want to be free of all negative thinking. This is something I have struggled with for a long time, and I’m going to once and for all overcome it, with God’s help I can change. I also want to be on hand for my daughter, to help with babysitting as she is returning to study, and just serve people more in general. And of course, I want to get into my sewing room more too. I have quilts I want to make, big and small, and cross-stitch to do as well. Time to get cracking! Thanks for your blogs, I enjoy reading them, and you are an inspiration to me, so thank you.
    God bless you and your family.

  17. Happy New Year Jo to you and your family. Each day is precious- one at a time. May you have good reports and results. May your family continue to thrive and Bless you.
    Always In Him
    June

  18. Many Blessings Ahead!
    Keep your good attitude…you’ll go through it anyway and you may as well have a good attitude about the process! I so appreciate your willingness to share and the loving kindness you have for your family and many others.
    You are a outstanding role model!

  19. Jo,, I read the rude lady part of your blog to my husband. We both had a laugh over the coal in the stocking part. I admire your attitude. You are so gracious and forgiving. I’m glad you didn’t have the insurance issue this time like last year. Hopefully the side effects of the chemo drug won’t be as bad this year. I will keep you in my prayers.

  20. Jo, All the best to you in 2024. Honesty is the best policy. Be honest about who you are and how you feel. My 2023 ended on a bit of a rough note with the minor heart attach in December but the good news is they discovered I had 2 blocked arteries. I now have 2 stents and am feeling great again. Looking forward to the end of cardio rehab in March, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Just taking life one day at a time. All the best to everyone, everyday. Thank you for this great big wonderful family.

    1. Ray, I’m sorry you had the attach but so happy that they were able to do the stents. Rehab is a wonderful thing. I pray for your healthy recovery.

    2. Sorry to hear about the heart attack, Ray. I’m glad you’re on the mend now. You do such amazing work for charity, thank you!

  21. Jo, I am so glad your are able to get going on this soon and that the insurance came through! ALL of us are hoping and praying for a good outcome with your treatment and that you can tolerate it well!!! We’re all thinking good thoughts, sending prayers up, and sending you virtual hugs!
    2024 is coming in here as kind of a bully – Covid has hit some of our extended family; another member is dealing with C. diff; my sister is declining with Alzheimer’s; and another family member landed in the hospital today. But we will go on!!

  22. Shirley from Calmar

    Prayers for much easier treatment on you and your health this time around. I cant imagine the rollercoaster your mind has been on, I pray it just becomes a much smoother ride.

  23. Jo, having a plan helps us cope, there is a straight line to working it out. Sometimes life takes us on a crooked path and it still works out. I pray that you find the cure for more time, it would be a gift for you and for your family, plus all of us on the blog. I pray for this every morning. I’m sorry that the nurse treated you rudely, Kindness matters more than ever.

  24. I agree with all of the other comments ! They always say what I’m thinking but have trouble getting all the words out . I too am praying you have an easier time of it and be done quickly! May God bless you and your family during this time !

  25. One point that I always followed in my work life was that – when you walk through the door and clock in you should leave your problems at the door. If you need to pick them up and take them with you after you leave work so be it. I have worked customer service all my life. I also worked at a nursing home and was getting my home health degree when we had a bad car accident and I was diagnosed with MS. No matter what my job was I always felt it important to understand that someone else might be having a worse day or problem than me. Once you speak a word – you cannot get it back. It seems strange people in the medical field are cruel but sometimes they become so “immune” to others. And their actions show. My husband has lots of dr dealings and very often the person on the other end of the phone is horrible. I usually listen in on speaker. And it does amaze me how they can hate what they studied to be or took a job a kinder person might have been more qualified for. I’m spreading joy I hope in little projects and have connected up with a foster children program and charity. Hopefully to help be that difference in our often callous world.
    My prayers are with you and I do appreciate learning through your blog. I’m just sorry you and your family have to endure so much.
    Blessings and hugs
    June T from Tx

  26. Jo, I’m glad you’re a step closer to starting your treatment, and I hope it’s not as hard as last year. But you got through it then, and you’ll get through it now, because you’re an amazing, strong, kind person who has family and friends and an army of blog readers behind you!
    My new year started with my niece having a baby girl last night! And January is the start of calving for us, here on the farm, so we’re very excited about that! Happy New Year to you all!

  27. Happy New Year Jo! I’m praying that your 2024 is a great year for you.
    I’ve decided to write off 2023 as the most disastrous year of my life: Lower lumbar fusion in April, cataract surgery on both eyes in November, and total hip replacement in December. I’m thanking God every minute for being by my side during these surgeries.
    2024 is going to be a great year and 2023 is in the rear view mirror.
    Happy New Year everyone.

  28. Time marches on….looking forward to the time when this horrible treatment is behind you and you can resume your life, hopefully with cancer in check. We all love you Jo, you are a special person. Your prayer warriors are ready!
    Hoping all of your readers have a blessed and healthy 2024.

  29. I’m like you, I want a plan and know how to proceed. If there are some changes to be made I’ll adjust. I’d like to talk to the lady that was so rude. I’d have a few choice words for her but it would be said very nicely. People should not be allowed to answer the phone if they don’t know how to be nice. Is your mailing address listed somewhere? I would like to have it. Hugs,

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